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Indoor Flea Sprays

Not every pesticide is labeled for use indoors for flea elimination pest control.  Many pesticides are labeled for fleas, but for outdoors only.  Hundreds of products are labeled for spraying indoors for household pests but fleas are not necessarily included on the label.  To kill fleas indoors, always use a spray that is labeled for indoor fleas.

Description of Indoor Flea Sprays
Products used for Indoor Fleas
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  • The first (and most important) characteristic of an indoor flea control product is safety to our pets and children.  An insecticide that is labeled for indoor flea use will be safe for children and pets after applied product has been allowed to dry, when directions are followed.  Keep people and pets out of area during treatment and do not allow them back on the treated areas until completely dry.  Common sense: do not spray foods, utensils, pet toys, children's toys, pet food and water dishes, etc. 
  • An indoor flea spray (concentrated materials used to mix and apply indoors) must be "water safe" for fabrics.  This is interpreted as: if water will not stain your carpet, the pesticide material will not harm your carpet.  The water safe standard makes the product desirable for use on carpets, upholstered furniture, rugs, tile floors, wood floors.  Note: excessive amounts of water will any household item mentioned.  The amounts of liquid mentioned in this article are the volumes needed to treat furniture, flooring, baseboards for fleas and other household pests.  Use a little common sense when treating for pests.  Kill fleas and other bugs with contact insecticides - not by drowning!
  • Due to advancements in technology, there is no reason for you to have to use a product that has a foul odor.  Products being used are now odorless or very low in odor.  This low odor characteristic is very common among the safer, synthetic pyrethrin insecticide concentrates.

Products used to Spray for Indoor Fleas

There are two basic materials needed when spraying for indoor flea infestations: an IGR (insect growth regulator, growth inhibitor) and an insecticide.

Insect Growth Regulators Insecticide Concentrates
 

Insect Growth Regulators

  • Nylar - This is the newest and most widely used insect growth regulator.  Nylar is active ingredient used in Archer and IG Regulator.
    Use 1 ounce per thousand square feet for fleas, 2 ounces per gallon for roaches.  Nylar is photostable and can be used indoors and outdoors.
  • Methoprene - Used extensively for fleas and certain stored product pests.  Methoprene is the active ingredient in Precor Concentrate.  Is also found in Precor 2000, an aerosol containing Permethrin and Methoprene.

Insecticide Concentrates for Indoor Fleas

  • Suspend SC - This is an odorless concentrated insecticide containing Deltamethrin.  Great for use indoors and on exterior surfaces of homes and other structures.  Each pint of concentrate makes 10 to 20 gallons of odorless insecticide solution.  Only 3/4 to 1 1/2 ounce per gallon needed.
  • Permethrin Pro - Active ingredient: Permethrin 36.7%.  This is a low odor insecticide concentrate that can be used to spray indoors and outdoors for fleas, ticks, bugs.  Only 1 ounce per thousand square feet is required.  Each quart of Permethrin Pro will treat about 32,000 square feet, making it ideal for using as a very low odor indoor/ outdoor pest control product.

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